Information for the following ROM(s): xevious
|[ARCADE] Arcade Video Game PCB|
Xevious © 1982 Namco.
The player pilots a combat aircraft called a 'Solvalou' which is armed with a forward-firing gun for aerial targets, and bombs for destroying ground-based targets. A red targeting square is situated in front of the Solvalou, which allows the player to aim their bombs accurately. The enemy craft appears in a number of different guises; from the standard variety that arrive in large numbers but shoot slow-moving projectiles, to exploding black spheres that shoot projectiles at high speed. There are also rotating shields that cannot be destroyed and must be carefully avoided. Ground enemies are a combination of both stationary bases and moving vehicles, most of which fire slow-moving projectiles. A gigantic, floating fortress (called 'Andor Genesis') appears in certain areas; this is defeated by knocking out its core.
Xevious is actually divided into 16 different areas, which are separated by an area of forest. If a player dies before less than 70% of an area has been completed, play restarts at the beginning of the same area; should a life be lost AFTER 70% of an area has been completed, however, play restarts at the beginning of the next area. After Area 16 has been completed, the game loops back to Area 7.
- CAST OF CHARACTERS -
AIR UNITS :
These are the air units you will encounter during the game. A players skill will determine what air units they may face.
* Andor Genesis (mother ship) - the large ship in Areas 4, 9, and 14.
* Bacura (resistor shield) - the large rotating floating walls which are indestructible.
* Brag Zakato (energy blaster) - medium black ball, with a red dot, that explode and send several shots at your Solvalou.
* Bragza (crystal) - the crystal core of the Andor Genesis mother ship which escapes upon its destruction.
* Garu Zakato (energy bombarder) - large black ball that explode sending out a multitude of shots in all directions.
* Giddo Spario (energy blast) - small, white crystal-like projectiles that come in diagonally at your Solvalou.
* Jara (spinner) - looks like a UFO with a spinning gear in the middle.
* Kapi (deflector) - flat-looking fighter with two front projections that flies in, fires multiple shots, then escapes quickly.
* Sheonite (escort) - small spinning diamond-shaped craft which escort your Solvalou for a bit and fly off.
* Terrazi (destructor) - flat looking, diamond shaped fighter that flies in, fires multiple shots, then escapes quickly.
* Torkan (scout ship) - ridged fighter that flies in, fires one shot, then escapes quickly.
* Toroid (fleet) - ring-shaped fighter which is traditionally the first enemy you encounter.
* Zakato (energy launcher) - small black ball that explodes sending a single shot at your Solvalou.
* Zoshi (death squad) - the round spinning fighter which can sometimes attack from behind.
GROUND UNITS :
These are the ground units you will encounter during the game.
* Barra (energy station) - small pyramid-shaped buildings.
* Boza Logram (dome network) - a structure of four Lograms surrounding a Derota.
* Derota (defense site) - the small octagonal-shaped gun batteries that fire multiple shots at your Solvalou.
* Domogram (rover) - looks like a mobile Logram that travels along the roads and fires shots at your Solvalou.
* Garu Barra (energy base) - medium and large pyramid-shaped buildings.
* Garu Derota (mega site) - the large octagonal-shaped gun batteries that fire multiple shots at your Solvalou.
* Grobda (tank) - the tank-like vehicles that travel along the road. They can detect when your bombsight is on them and they will move out of the way.
* Logram (sphere station) - silver circular domes that fire single shots at your Solvalou.
* Sol (citadel) - underground structures which rise up when initially bombed.
* Zolbak (detector dome) - domes with red squares on top and around their base.
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|Xevious was released in December 1982 in Japan.|
Xevious is not the world's first vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up but has a huge and lasting influence on the genre.
Xevious was the first game to use pre-rendered graphics and, among its countless innovations, was also the first vertical shoot-em-up that allowed accurate targeting of both airborne and ground-based enemies. The graphics were hugely revolutionary for their time; the sprites were rendered with remarkable clarity and detail due to the game's clever use of colors and shades as well as palette-shifting. Xevious was also the first game to feature 'hidden characters', which, being hidden, are not mentioned in the game's instructions but can be revealed by performing a secret maneuver. Among these was the 'special flag', which gave the player an extra life. This feature was carried over to a number of subsequent Namco games.
While Xevious enjoyed limited popularity in North America, the game was a huge cult hit in Japan, and to this day is considered one of the greatest video games of all time. Popular Japanese musicians, Haruomi Hosono (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and Kuwata Keisuke (Southern All Stars) were known to be fans of the game, and the former produced an album of music from Namco video games, with Xevious as its centerpiece. A follow-up 12-inch single featured in its liner notes an entire science-fiction short story by Endoh, set in the world of Xevious, with even included a rudimentary fictional language.
At one point in the game, the Solvalou flies over the Nazca lines. The Nazca Lines are geoglyphs (drawings on the ground) located in the Nazca Desert; a high, arid plateau that stretches 37 miles between the towns of Nazca and Palpa, situated in the Pampa region. They were created during the Nazca occupation of the area, between 200 BC and 600 AD.
The graphic ROMs contain several additional enemies which don't actually appear in gameplay including a silver-grey Galaxian flagship. These enemies do appear in the game-play of "Super Xevious" which uses the same graphics data as Xevious.
The highest score possible is 9,999,990, at which point the game terminates abnormally and resets. Some time before this score is reached, the game starts to award extra ships on every blaster shot fired.
Marco Borroni holds the official official record for this game with 7,009,560 points (!) on August 16, 1984.
The background is actually one large 1024x2048 image. Each of the 16 game areas is a 224x2048 strip starting at a different horizontal offset in the image.
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